Each year, many pilots make Oshkosh a priority for their performance schedule because they have the opportunity to strut their stuff in front of their peers in the aerobatic community, as well as perhaps the most aviation-savvy audience on the planet.
This is why every afternoon during the convention you'll see scores of faithful fans slowly begin to migrate to the flightline, making sure they have a good viewpoint of their favorite performers. In addition to the top aerobatic pilots and teams, local favorites include the Warbirds of America, the Liberty Parachute Team, and others.
Here is the current EAA list of performers:
Sean Tucker - EAA’s very own Young Eagles chairman, Sean Tucker performs a high-energy aerobatic demonstration in the one of a kind, Oracle Challenger III.
Mike Goulian - As one of the top airshow performers in the United States and a Red Bull Air Race competitor, Mike doesn’t just fly an air show, he attacks it in his Goodyear and Whelen sponsored Extra 330SC.
Kirby Chambliss - This 5-time U.S. National Aerobatic Champion and 2-time Red Bull Air Race World Champion will aggressively demonstrate the aerobatic capabilities of the Red Bull Edge 540.Â Kirby will begin his act by flying aerobatics relative to the world famous Red Bull Air Force, Wingsuit Flyers!Â
Red Bull Skydive Team - The Red Bull Skydive Team is a group with a common passion that has led them to a combined total of more than 16,000 jumps with parachutes and wingsuits. Launching themselves from their Pilatus Porter PC6 into free fall individually, in teams or with spectacular stunts, the Red Bull team dazzles and entertains at events around the world.
David Martin - David flies a unique air show routine demonstrating the extraordinary precise maneuverability and gyroscopic maneuvers he has made famous in his Breitling CAP 232.
Patty Wagstaff - Six-time member of the U.S. Aerobatic Team, three-time U.S. National Aerobatic champion, and one of the most famous air show personalities of all time, Patty Wagstaff and her Extra 300.
Skip Stewart - The 2013 Bill Barber Award for Showmanship recipient will delight AirVenture crowds with both his high energy solo demonstration in a highly modified aerobatic aircraft know as Prometheus and his Tinstix show also featuring Melissa Pemberton, Paul Stender Jet Truck and pyrotechnics.
Melissa Pemberton - Melissa Pemberton has taken the air show world by storm in her Edge 540. When not flying the Tinstix show with Skip Stewart, you can find Melissa doing aerobatics quite literally around her husband Rex Pemberton as he flies his wingsuit.
AeroShell Aerobatic Team - The AeroShell Aerobatic Team keeps their 4-ship of T-6 Texans close and loud for the crowd at all times. The AeroShell Aerobatic Team will also fly their aerobatic demonstration at both AirVenture night shows.
Geico Skytypers - The Geico Skytypers fly a 6-ship of SNJs in a variety of formations that delight crowds across the country. When not filling the box with smoke and noise, the Geico Skytypers can be seen high overhead skytyping messages across the skies of Oshkosh.
Team Rocket - Flying the ever popular homebuilt F1 Rocket and Harmon Rocket II, Team Rocket will delight crowds with their aerobatic demonstrations, including an opposing night air show routine at both of AirVenture’s night air shows.
Jim Peitz - Jim believes that aviation is one of the greatest freedoms we enjoy in this country, and nobody probably enjoys it more than Jim Peitz as he flies his Beechcraft F33C Bonanza in an aerobatic demonstration that will leave the pilot in all of us completely mesmerized.
Steve Oliver - Steve will fly his FireDancer De Haviland Chipmunk in a choreographed night time pyrotechnic demonstration at both night shows.Â
Suzanne Oliver - Look way up for Suzanne Oliver as she skywrites over AirVenture
Kyle Franklin - Kyle will fly the Franklin Demon-1 biplane, known as Dracula. This aircraft combines the pleasing lines of the Waco Mystery Ship with modern aerodynamics and systems resulting in a smaller, lighter, and significantly more maneuverable and powerful airplane.
Matt Younkin - In 2012, Matt Became the first second generation recipient of the Bill Barber Award for Showmanship for his entertaining aerobatic demonstration, both day and night, in the famous twin engine Beech 18.
Greg Koontz - One of the greatest stick and rudder pilots in the air show business today, Greg Koontz will show off the new Xtreme Decathlon.
Kent Pietsch - A true entertainer, Kent Pietsch delights the crowd in a variety of ways in an Interstate Cadet. Kent flies a comedy act, performs a truck top landing and also flies a deadstick routine where he will utilize Â energy management to land and taxi his Interstate Cadet right up to and gently place it in the hand of our announcer at show center.
Jerry Kerby - When not flying lead on for the Black Diamond Jet Team, Jerry “Jive” Kerby flies his RV-8 known as “Wild Blue” in an aerobatic demonstration demonstrating the capabilities of one of the most popular homebuilt aircraft.
Roger Buis - Roger & Pauline Buis, the caretakers of OTTO the Helicopter were awarded the Art Scholl Showmanship Award this year at the annual ICAS convention. Be sure to watch as OTTO entertains crowds with antics such as blowing bubbles, playing with his yo-yo and barrel racing. OTTO also will perform with pyrotechnics in both of our night shows.
Chuck Aaron - Red Bull Helicopter pilot Chuck “Malibu” Aaron is the first and only civilian pilot ever to be licensed to perform helicopter aerobatics in the United States. Malibu will fly the aerobatic Red Bull BO-105 in a one of a kind demonstration proving why he was the first helicopter pilot to win the Art Scholl Showmanship Award.
USAF Thunderbirds - Highlighting the capabilities of the USAF, the Thunderbirds will conduct their first-ever aerobatic air show at Oshkosh while flying a 6-ship of F-16s.
MV-22 Osprey - Representing the USMC, the MV-22 Osprey demonstration will highlight the incredible capabilities of this tilt rotor utility aircraft. First Level III demonstration ever at AirVenture.
Fairey Gannet XT752 - This unique aircraft will land and taxi to show center where one of the most unique wingfold demonstrations will commence.
Jim Tobul - Jim will fly his “Korean War Hero” F4U Corsair in an aerobatic demonstration highlighting the capability and unique sound of this wonderful warbird aircraft.
Scott Yoak - Demonstrating the capabilities of one of the most famous aircraft of World War II, the P-51 Mustang, Scott will highlight the precise maneuverability of this aircraft.
Doug Rozendaal - Doug Rozendaal flies the Red Tail P-51C Mustang as a tribute to the Tuskegee Airman while demonstrating the capabilities of the P-51C.
Bob Carlton - Flying the Sub Sonex Jet, Bob Carlton will display the precise aerobatic capabilities he has become famous for in his jet-powered glider.
Warbirds of America - Under the banner of "Keep 'em Flying," members of the EAA Warbirds of America participate in the annual warbirds extravaganzas throughout AirVenture week, showcasing the history and heritage of the magnificent military aircraft that served through much of the 20th Century. Performances include everything from individual fly-bys to stunning mass flyovers.